White Sands

Alamogordo, New Mexico 88311

White Sands

White Sands Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"A short loop day hike along a nature trail through glistening white sand dunes, part of the world’s largest gypsum dune field.

This hike is a very easy walk, included because of the uniqueness of White Sands. Interpretive signs along the trail describe the plant and animal life found along the walk. From the parking area, the trail goes south over the desert flats for a few hundred feet and then climbs up onto the dunes. It then makes a small loop and returns the same way. Brown posts mark the route. Markers are used because the wind can obliterate all paths and tracks within hours."

White Sands Reviews

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Every time friends and relatives come to visit the southwest, I take them here - White sands is like nothing else on earth. Of course it get's HOT, so plan a short trip with lots of water or go in winter or in the morning to stay cool. The park visitor center is very nice and informative, and it's a short drive from the highway into an area where you're completely surrounded with pure white sand dunes. The visitor center also sponsors moonlight group bike rides, which sound wonderful if you're there on the right day. If you're in the area, you should also drive up the mountain to Ruidoso or Cloudcroft so you can see White Sands from elevation - it's like a massive white lake and looks almost like an illusion (except you know it's there!!)

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
30 minutes–1 hour
October through April; park open from 8 a.m. to sunset
3,990 feet
Trailhead Elevation
4,030 feet
Top Elevation
White Sands National Monument, PO Box 1086, Holloman AFB, NM 88330; (575) 479-6124 www.nps.gov/whsa/index.htm
Local Contacts
White Sands National Monument map and brochure; Garton Lake 7.5-minute USGS quad
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018